Could they be saved after what they had done to God's Son? The answer was Yes! They heard the preaching of the gospel; they believed the words of the apostles, and they asked what they should do.

The answer came: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). These great promises, including God's forgiveness of their sins, were not confined to those people alone. The promises were also for future generations, and all who were "afar off" (Acts 2:39). In short, they were for everyone throughout the ages. That includes you and me!

Other New Testament examples show that what happened on that day -- hearing, believing, repenting, being baptized -- was the example for us to follow. The book of Acts shows how others accepted Jesus just like those who heard the message about Christ in Jerusalem on Pentecost: the Samaritans (Acts 8:1-13); the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40); Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:1-19; 22:1-16), and the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:25-34). When you study these cases of gospel obedience, you can see how we are to obey God. Listen to what is revealed in God's Word (Romans 10:14-17), and believe, or have faith, in Jesus (Acts 16:31). To believe in Jesus, we must understand what He says about commitment to Him, and how we are to live by His directions (Titus 2:11-14). Faith becomes total trust and dependence on Christ. This means we obey the Lord with our lives by doing the things He says in His holy Word, the Bible.

We can begin to understand God by some of His characteristics. These are pointed out to us in God's Word, your Bible.

Faith Expresses Itself

in Many Ways

Faith is part mental and part emotional, but most of all it is trust that leads us to do God's commands. Faith expresses itself in obedience. "But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered and having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness" (Romans 6:17,18). Faith expresses itself in repentance. We cannot continue to live as we did in the past! Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a turning away from the wrong and doing what's right as shown to us in the New Testament. Paul preached that God "...now commands all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). Repentance is brought about by godly sorrow over our past sins and shows itself in an eagerness to spend the future according to the directions of Jesus our Lord (2 Corinthians 7:10, 11). Faith expresses itself in confession, or the public acknowledgment that Jesus is God's Son, the Lord! Paul wrote: "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him

 
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